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to senator susan collins, she didn't get the answers that she was looking for. she said she still has a lot of unanswered questions. it's really important to understand how significant susan collins is in this potential process. she isn't nominated for secretary of state, nobody is, but she's still considered to be a leading contender and that's part of the reason why she's been coming up in a really unusual way, frankly, making the rounds and trying to effectively lobby senators that she didn't do anything that wrong even before she's nominated. but the reason why susan collins is so important, she's one of the few remaining moderate republicans left. if susan rice is nominated to be secretary of state and other republicans make good on their promise to block her, susan collins would be a critical voice. the fact that she says she's still troubled is bad, bad news. i asked her how she would vote if sherp to vote right now. take a listen. >> need to have additional information before i could support her nomination. she's not been posted yet. our homeland security committee investigation is
is senator susan collins of maine. the top republic on the homeland security committee. she met with ambassador rice today on capitol hill. i would need to have additional information before i could support her nomination. she has not been posted yet. our homeland security committee investigation is ongoing. there are many different players in this. and there is much yet to be learned. >> shepard: well, the attack on that outpost killed the u.s. ambassador to libya chris stevens and three other americans. happened on 9/11 of this year. five days later ambassador rice went on the sunday talk shows and said u.s. officials believed violence was spontaneous reaction to the protest over anti-muslim video not a preplanned terror attack. ambassador rice now says and the evidence suggests she was using talking points from u.s. intelligence agencies. intelligence officials confirm they did, in fact, give her those talking points. she had nothing to do with them. and they are the ones who removed any mention of al qaeda, not the white house. the president defended ambassador rice at his c
york times" and in an interview with senator susan collins of maine, a moderate voice on the republican site of the aisle expresses some misgivings about ambassador rice, which is a real, i would think, danger sign for her -- >> listen, the president is going to get the secretary of state that he wants. if he wants susan rice, other republicans are going to do is waste a lot of time and effort and in the last -- in the last -- they know something that nobody else knows that susan rice was deliberately cooking the books but when she has the intel community sitting next to her saying this is what we'll let you say, i think she's pretty good shape. >> i think that's true and also making her -- putting the president in a corner from which it's almost impossible for him not to nominate her but wants her to be secretary of state -- look at all the signs, he seems to be leaning in her direction for awhile but now in this position if he doesn't nominate her, he's backing down in the face of what seems to be largely a political and unfounded opposition to her. it seems to me like they're making
, but ambassador susan rice failing to ease criticism again following meetings with senator susan collins and bob corker. joining us now, pulitzer prize-winning journalist, fox is contributor, a former pentagon official, fox his national security analyst. let's start with eight leading republican moderate, disappointed in ambassador rise performance in her meeting along with senator corker today. your thoughts. >> this is on all sides of the island a fact that this is a problem for her, i think, are really big problem. you know, the other thing, i just don't think president obama is going to do it. why? because her confirmation hearings are going to be like watergate hearings. watergate on benghazi. the talking points, mr. ambassador. to change the topic, told you to come out and say it was this fairy tale. the second thing is, why would he use the political capital to get her concerned to macanese the political capital for the fiscal cliff, taxes, except. >> can we say bring in on our make my day? the president gave her such a strong endorsement. it would be amazing if he backed off now and did
,985. the nasdaq rose 24 points to close well over 2,991. a moderate republican senator susan collins of maine voiced new concerns today about u.n. ambassador susan rice. it stemmed from rice's initial account, on a sunday talk show, of the attack on the u.s. consulate in benghazi, libya. at the time, she said it began as an anti-american protest, but she now says she was working off faulty intelligence. rice met with collins for 90 minutes today, but afterward the senator remained critical. >> i still have many questions that remain unanswered. i continue to be troubled by the fact that the u.n. ambassador decided to play what was essentially a political role at the height of the contentious presidential election campaign by agreeing to go on the sunday shows to present the administration's position. >> sreenivasan: collins stopped short of joining other republican senators who have said they will oppose rice if she is nominated to be secretary of state. later, president obama again defended rice. he called her extraordinary, and cabinet members joined him in applause. a pair of suicide car b
to hear the concern from one of the last centrist republicans in the senate. >> susan collins would be one of the most likely to throw susan rice a lifeline. it didn't happen. >> i continue to be troubled by the fact that the u.n. ambassador decided to play what was, essentially, a political role at the height of a contentious presidential campaign. >> she questioned her judgment and giving the public what turned out to be incorrect information in the days after the deadly attack in benghazi, and the main republican was lukewarm about the prospect of rice as secretary of state. >> if president obama were to nominate susan rice as the next secretary of state, could you support that nomination? >> i would need additional information before i could support her nomination. >> collins has gone out of her way to support rice in the pass, even introducing rice at a confirmation hearing for u.n. ambassador. >> the people of maine are proud of what this remarkable woman has accomplished. >> whether collins supports rice now for a promotion is crucial because of the raw numbers. rice would likely ne
. today she meets with senator susan collins, top republican on the homeland security committee and senator bob corker, republican on the foreign relations committee. both of them said they have some concerns but e willing to hear her out, soledad. >> elise labott, thank you. we appreciate it. member of the foreign relations committee which will vote to confirm the next secretary of state once there has been a nomination. thank you for being with us. >> good morning, soledad. >> you have said in the past -- i'm reading off your press release on saturday, october 27th. you said this. it's becoming more apparent that the administration's lack of truthfulness seems to emanate from a desire to hide something from the american people. you said this along with senator corker, i should add. almost two months has passed. it's time for the president to timely come clean and order the administration to fully disclose all the communications relevant to the security information in benghazi. surely the deaths of four diplomatic servants warrant that action. do you think ambassador rice shoul
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